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In a Jam Broché – 19 septembre 2022
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When Shay Zucconi’s step-grandmother died, she left Shay a tulip farm—under two conditions.
First, Shay has to move home to the small town of Friendship, Rhode Island. Second—and most problematic since her fiancé just called off the wedding—Shay must be married within one year.
Marriage is the last thing in the world Shay wants but she’ll do anything to save the only real home she’s ever known.
Noah Barden loved Shay Zucconi back in high school. Not that he ever told her. He was too shy, too awkward, too painfully uncool to ask out the beautiful, popular girl.
A lifetime later, Noah is a single dad to his niece and has his hands full running the family business. That old crush is the farthest thing from his mind.
Until Shay returns to their hometown and turns his life upside down.
CW/TW: absentee parent(s), brief mention of parent death, brief mention of parent chronic illness, mention of incarceration, mention of temporary foster care placement, reference to teenage teasing/bullying (not detailed, not explicit), brief incidence of fat-shaming, living with a neurodivergent child
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B0BFRGV65H
- Éditeur : Independently published (19 septembre 2022)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 472 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8353247913
- Poids de l'article : 626 g
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 3 x 20.32 cm
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En somme un livre attachant. Pas étonnant, son auteur est fabuleuse! Merci Kate pour cette pépite!
In a jam is the book of Jam man, a recurring character that briefly appeared all along the Walsh series. Therefore, needless to say, I was eager to read his story. I realized while reading that Shay was also connected to the Walsh series. Although it is useless to know this to enjoy this story, it made me enjoy the Canterbay world. That’s where lies another of Kate Canterbary’s talents, her ability to build an entirely new story from details.
Kate Canterbary excels at the art of creating the most delicious grumpy men. Nevertheless, it would be a huge mistake to reduce this book to a trope.
On top of that, her writing is so perfect that she hovers you in the book, and it’s like you’re living in there, feeling the motions of the characters. I relished how dense the history of both Shay and Noah is, but it doesn’t overwhelm the reader. When I reached the end, I wondered how I could start another book.
Throughout the reading, I went through laughter, sadness, joy, and excitement. I wanted to hug the characters several times. I’m usually not very much into small-town romance, but Kate Canterbary constantly makes me change my mind.
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I admit that the chemistry took a little time to sink in for me and I think that's mostly because the story relied on their close friendship as teenagers as proof of their connection as adults but didn't really show it; at least, not to the point where the intensity of Noah's feelings made sense. So in a way, the connection came across as very instalove at the beginning. While (IMO) the relationship was never as fully developed as it could've been to lay the groundwork for their connection, the combination of their rekindled friendship, their natural (explosive!) chemistry, the forced proximity and Noah's straight-up simp behaviour towards Shay, had me hoisting the sails and jumping on board this ship pretty quickly! I loved their dynamic and the little wild family they formed together with Gennie.
I honestly can't remember the last time a romance had me cackling as wildly and as often as I did while reading In a Jam, and it's all thanks to the great characters and the ✨exquisite✨ banter. Where do I even get started with Shay and Noah? Shay is a KG teacher who recently got left at the altar and inherited her step-grandmother's farm in Friendship, Rhode Island where she spent the last two years of HS before leaving and never looking back. She's quirky, smart, and has a kind heart. Though she's not without flaws, I thought she was relatable especially when it came to matters of the heart. I really felt for her but she goes through some great growth with the help of her crew and Noah and we loved to see it! In contrast to her sunshine personality, Noah was the gruff growling grump who is essentially the popular all-arounder in the community despite hating it. He's a whip-smart lawyer turned farmer-entrepreneur after moving back to Friendship several years ago and recently became a "single-parent" when he adopted his niece, Gennie. Although he outgrew being the fat kid once he left teenhood behind and is now the physical embodiment of many a person's wet dreams, on the inside he's still the same shy and awkward introvert who's not great socially. He wants to hate Shay for shattering his heart and unrequited dreams but the minute he sees her again, he's a total goner.
WHAT A SIMP AND I LOVED IT! He was so endearing and definitely gave me grumpy Stremmel vibes from The Worst Guy and Linden lumberbear vibes from The Belle and the Beard and honestly, it's my favourite combination. And don't even get me started on the sexy scenes because the steaminess practically melted my Kindle. When it comes to bedroom fantasies, Noah is the filthiest giving minor alpha/dom vibes and the way Shay complements his play was absolute FIRE. He can't keep his hands off her and the simp spoils the hell out of her and listen, Daddy Bread Baker is fine! 🥵
Other than these two with their incendiary Kindle-melting chemistry, I adored the secondary characters in the story. Gennie is probably the wildest and most hilarious child in a single-parent romance that I've ever read. No joke, the stuff that came out of this kid's mouth was shocking and I LOVED IT. 😂 That said, her outlandish behaviour is in large part due to the emotional traumas she suffered in the past year and my heart broke for her situation. No child should have to go through that but Noah and Shay helped bring her out of her shell with their unwavering love and support. On Shay's side, we have the crew of teacher besties who have the best friendship chemistry and the most fun-loving banter. I especially loved her connection with Jaime—this is the kind of ride-or-die friendship I live for—and I truthfully could've read a story just about these two being their unapologetic selves and living their best lives! Friend banter is as high up there for me as romantic banter is and it was a solid win here.
This is a wonderful story, told by a master of her craft. Noah, Shay and Gennie are beautifully observed and fleshed out in ways which make them matter to me. I don't often like kids in romance books, because they're so hard to do justice to, but Gennie, with her foul mouth, distrust of chickens, and pirate obsession is the perfect first grader.
And, phew, the romance is slow burn but so, so hot.
I downloaded this on KU, but have gladly bought it to own forever.